Pictures from Italy

Pictures from Italy
Picturesfromitaly titlepage.jpg
Title page, first edition of 1846
AuthorCharles Dickens
IllustratorSamuel Palmer
GenreNon-Fiction; Travelogue
Bradbury & Evans
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback, and Paperback)
Preceded byThe Battle of Life 
Followed byDombey and Son 

Pictures from Italy is a travelogue by Charles Dickens, written in 1846. The book reveals the concerns of its author as he presents, according to Kate Flint, the country "like a chaotic magic-lantern show, fascinated both by the spectacle it offers, and by himself as spectator".[1]


In 1844, Dickens took a respite from writing novels and for several months traveled through France and Italy with his family. They visited the most famous sights: Genoa, Rome, Naples (with Vesuvius still smouldering), Florence and Venice. In his travelogue the author portrays a nation of great contrasts: grandiose buildings and urban desolation, and everyday life beside ancient monuments. But it is his encounters with Italy's colorful street life that capture the imagination. Dickens is particularly drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing, and sheer exuberance of the Roman carnival. From the book we learn that Dickens was an early riser and walker, and that he enjoyed touring the major attractions on foot.


  1. ^ Flint, Kate. Dickens. Prentice Hall / Harvester Wheatsheaf, April 1986.

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